The latest sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction was smaller than the previous large sale, and suffered from a bit of a hangover from the volume of animals that came to market at that event. Bidding was fairly consistent with the last sale, but some classifications saw slightly lower prices, as buyers proved to be more selective. Not all the animals from the last sale had been slaughtered yet, resulting in a surplus feel to the sale.
There did not appear to be price difference between wool and hair ewes at this sale. The average price ranged from $0.93 to $0.98 per pound. An exception was a 180-pound Cheviot-cross ewe with extremely heavy wool which brought $0.70 per pound.
The bidding on the rams was similar to the ewes. The average price ranged from $0.85 to $0.94 per pound. The lighter-weight rams created more interest from the buyers. A 160-pound Suffolk-cross ram brought $1.03 per pound and a 165-pound Suffolk-cross ram brought $1.16 per pound.
A 115-pound Rideau-cross lamb represented the heavyweight classification at this sale. This lamb brought $1.73 per pound.
Market lamb prices were similar to the last sale. An exception was two 95-pound lambs which brought $2.02 per pound.
Feeder lambs held fairly constant but buyers were still selective. The average price ranged from $1.93 to $1.99 per pound. An exception were 11 84-pound Suffolk-cross lambs that brought $2.04 per pound.
The 70-plus-pound lambs brought a price range from $1.98 to $2 per pound.
The 60-plus-pound lambs kept similar prices, ranging from $1.03 to $2.03 per pound.
Four 56-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $2.04 per pound. A lot of 18 59-pound lambs brought $2.01 per pound.
Two 48-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $1.90 per pound.
Quality goat does spurred strong bidding from buyers, with good development and structure interesting buyers. Four 126-pound Alpine-cross does brought $1.36 a pound (see graphic below).
The demand for goat bucks has been fairly constant in the various sales. Older goat bucks garnered less interest at this sale.
Goat kids always produce some strong bidding as soon as they enter the arena due to high demand. Supply of goat kids from sale to sale has been a challenge.
The Ontario Stockyard Report clearly indicated that in all classifications the prices have dropped. The buyers could not continue the purchasing at the rate they have and plenty of animals are available from the producers. Even the goat prices had dropped, not being able to continue the strong bidding.